July 2, 2015
A REAL TOUGH BREAK
Broken right leg shelves Duvall for 3 months
By Kristian R. Dyer
HANOVER, N.J. – Chris Duvall will miss at least the next three months as the Red Bulls right back underwent surgery on Thursday morning for a right leg injury suffered late in Wednesday night's 4-1 win over the Cosmos in the Lamar Hunt/U.S. Open Cup.
Stretchered off the field following an 82nd-minute collision with the Cosmos defender Hunter Gorskie, Duvall suffered a broken tibia on the tough challenge. Almost immediately the second-year right back motioned for the training staff as he writhed on the field in pain.
The surgery did what was necessary to repair the break.
“It was successful, it looks like it will be three to four months,” head coach Jesse Marsch said after practice at the Red Bulls taining on Thursday.
“The main thing is right now, your heart is with Chris because it was a hard injury and it was a devastating blow for him and it was the first real injury in his career. I think it's been made clear to him that it's not anything that is going to endanger his future and that it's a matter that it will take some time to heal and he'll come back and be stronger than ever.
“We're a little thin right now in the back, that's the facts. We're going to require our guys to dig-in and now make sure our defenders are ready to get to put in some minutes for the next few games until after the Gold Cup until we can get some guys back”
Marsch talked about position flexibility to ride through what he called “not an easy moment” for the team. One player he singled out was rookie Sean Davis, a central midfielder who Marsch thinks has the skillset to move into a right back role.
Davis has been very impressive in his minutes with the first-team and began training with the club last year under then head coach Mike Petke.